Thursday, November 20, 2008

Even Joe the Plumber Has A Book Deal

For all those on this blog who think that ridiculously big book deals by unlikely people who can't write helps everyone.  Try to justify this.  By the way, JTP got $250,000.00.  That's exactly $250,000.00 more than you and me.  At least maybe we're getting closer to something literary because this dude was a total fiction, a symbol used by the politicians to represent....er, something, or other.  

The theory that noble publishers put out crap like this so that they can make money to fund literary fiction and other worthy pursuits of art is just bunk, if you ask me.  They put out crap like this so they can make money.  Oh, and, also, so that they can put out more crap.

Then again maybe it's not worth it anyway.  Not that it really matters, apparently.

6 comments:

Sassy Pants said...

I always thought about this. My teacher in high school got a 4 book contract for writing by far the worst teen novels I've ever read.

I always consider the fact that I could easily do the same, sell out under pseudonym then once I have the funds write the good stuff. But I just don't hate myself enough... Sometimes I wish I did.

Anonymous said...

$250,000?? Interesting amount and perhaps the real reason JTP came out against Obama citing fear of increased taxation (wasn't 250K the threshold?).

Yeah, it's crazy ironic - fictional plumber gets book deal when most real writers of real fiction cannot.

rmellis said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, "PearlGate Publishing" isn't even a real publisher. It's only published one other book, and my bet is that PGP is owned and operated by the author of that other book. It's a vanity press that's trying to make it in the big leagues by spending lots of money.

JTP's book is coming out on... December 1! No, really.

It's just a big stupid joke.

Dave Clapper said...

Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Well, we're offering $500 right now... I know it ain't a quarter of a mil, but... still... $500, right? http://tinyurl.com/fishfellow

Renee Thompson said...

At least now the bum can pay his back-taxes.

Mel said...

This is such a blatant example of the tasteless fleecing of the brain-dead demographic that one would like to think it couldn't possibly be representative of the publishing industry as a whole. Then again...

The bookkeepers tell the executives that profits are higher overall if they can promote an occasional blockbuster, rather than support serious writers with smaller, more reliable readerships - a strategy that seems guaranteed to produce mass quantities of crap.